SBB has signed an agreement for a strategic development cooperation with Axon Vibe. Their aim is to create a new mobility app. This will bring together different mobility options such as car, bicycle, tram, train and e-scooter so they can be combined and booked easily on a single platform. The app will also offer personalized travel recommendations and journey planning in real time. According to a press release, their objective is to develop the world's leading and most trustworthy mobility app.
The agreement between SBB and Axon Vibe has been signed for five years. Beyond development, the partners will also be marketing the new app together. An article in the Limmattaler Zeitung newspaper reports that SBB has also acquired a five percent stake in Axon Vibe.
Axon Vibe’s predecessor was sold to Google in 2006 and contributed significantly to the development of Google Maps. By creating this mobility app for SBB, Axon Vibe now says it hopes to craft a comparable solution for public transport. In this way, the company wants to “substantially contribute towards solving traffic and environmental challenges in densely populated areas all around the world”.
Axon Vibe has its headquarters in Lucerne as well as offices in Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. The company was recently able to win a contract from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). It will help optimize the Metro system in the city by means of a digital solution.